and Supper with Headington School
On Friday the 4th March, four Radleians
and two girls from Headington School in Oxford took part in a debate with the
motion of ‘This House does not believe in Children’s literature’, in front of
an audience of just over twenty Radleians and girls from Headington in the SLT
(Science Lecture Theatre). It was a hugely enjoyable evening, made possible
through the organisation of Dr Rhodes.
Opposing the motion, with a seemingly
straightforward argument to present, were Mr Makin, Miss Denham and Mr
Gidopoulos. The majority of the floor, it is fair to assume, went into the
debate with a firm opinion on which side of the debate they resided. Most would
argue that there exists such a genre of literature as ‘children’s literature’.
Take, for example, ‘The Jungle Book’. Admittedly adults or teenagers may
occasionally pick it up and flick through it, but it is a book primarily aimed
at children. The opposition also argued that despite the fact that some books
are labelled as ‘children’s books’, even if a child was to pick up a book such
as ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, it is unlikely that they would understand all of it,
meaning that it would not be categorised as children’s literature, simply due
to the fact that it is, on the whole, incomprehensible for children.
The proposition, comprised of Mr Gent,
Miss Gent and Mr Rothbarth, realised that it was going to be a challenge to
persuade over twenty people that they don't believe in children’s literature;
however, with a sway of three votes from the consensus taken at the start, at
the end of the debate, this hurdle was crossed, winning the proposition the
debate. This was particularly impressive, considering the fact that Mr
Rothbarth was given 25 minutes of warning that he was going to be giving the
main speech in this debate.
Report by Alexander Milne, H Social 6.1